MANILA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Saturday the price of pork was stable despite the expected surge of demand during the holiday season.
DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said the hog industry has assured the public that there is enough supply of pork for Christmas and New Year.
"As of now, alam natin na mababa ang presyo talaga so dapat ang retail niyan ay nasa P170, P180 lang," Castelo told DZMM's Konsyumer Atbp.
"Wala tayong problema at hindi siya tataas nang malaki kung gagalaw man pataas."
In Pasay City Public Market, pork is sold for P180 to P190 per kilogram, as of Sunday.
Prices of a kilo of liempo and pata cuts, which are in-demand during Christmas season, are P240 and P200, respectively.
La Loma district in Quezon City, a hub for producing lechon or roast suckling pig, is now busy with orders.
Lechonero Tantan Yang has over 20 orders of lechon for Sunday.
"Tradisyon na iyan, iyan talaga ang hinahanap ng mga tao," he said.
Skewered roasted pigs come in various sizes, their prices ranging between P4,000 and P15,000.
Customer Eduardo Clarita bought P9,000 worth of lechon on Sunday for the Christening celebration of his child. He plans to get another lechon on Christmas day.
"Iyan kasi 'yung panghanda eh, para espesyal," he said. "Masaya kasi kapag may lechon eh, iyan naman kasi habol ng mga tao. Nakakasawa naman 'yung ibang ulam."
Ramon Ferrero, president of La Loma Lechoneros Association, said their sales for lechon this year is down by 20 percent because of African swine fever reports.
"'Yun bang demand sa baptismal, anniversary, at Christmas party, as is, nando'n pa rin. Kaya lang talagang nabawasan kami ng 20 percent. But we will assure the public na ang La Loma, under supervision kami ng Quezon City Veterenary Office, napakahigpit namin, " he said.